Posts Tagged ‘Spyder’
Latest version of Lamborghini Gallardo Super Sport that received Superleggera treatment, it power-driven by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that makes 562 horsepower at 8000 rpm and 398 lb.-ft maximum torque at 6500 rpm. that makes 10 more horsepower than the one in the regular Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder, lamborghini also shaved it weight by 143 pounds which would place this car around 3700 pounds.
Between the weight savings and the horsepower boost, Lamborghini boasts that the Spyder Performante can dispatch a 0-to-60-mph run in 3.8 seconds on its way to a 201-mph top speed. We figure the acceleration claim to be conservative, though, and would expect a time in the low threes for a 0-to-60-mph run. The Spyder Performante features a sportier suspension tune than on regular Gallardo Spyders, as well as special rubber. Lamborghini’s e-gear transmission, an automated single-clutch system, is standard, but the excellent six-speed manual with its gated shifter is available as a no-cost option. Lamborghini truly is doing heaven’s work.
MSRP : $205,000-$242,695
This ain’t your average tree hugger hybrid!!! Take a look at Porsche’s 918 RSR, which just rolled onto the company’s stage at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. It has a 563hp traditional gasoline engine mounted amidships, with a pair of electric motors powering the front wheels that bring the total power up to a whopping 767. The electric motors are not powered by a set of batteries, as in a traditional hybrid, rather they take their power from an inertial flywheel mounted where the passenger seat would be on a road car and spinning at up to 36,000rpm. That’s spun up by momentum when the car brakes and, when the driver hits a button, that momentum is converted to give an acceleratory boost.
That’s the same setup as the 911 GT3 RSR Hybrid, which ran reasonably successful last year. Its styling is obviously an extension of the 918 Spyder, with a number of cues taken from the incredibly successful Porsche 917 racer of the early ’70’s. At this point Porsche hasn’t indicated when this car will make its debut on the track, nor in which classes it will run, but one thing’s for clear: this isn’t for the road. So, we’re a bit disappointed we still haven’t any firm details on a production, street 918 — not that we could afford it anyway.
Breaking news from Porsche, 918 spyder to go into production. Expected price estimated to be up to $650.000. As you might recall from the Geneva Motor Show the plug-in hybrid concept used a 500 hp gas V8 engine and a pair of 109 hp electric motors. A lithium ion battery that was good for 16 miles of zero emissions grid driving or 78 miles per gallon. We shall see what the production model brings.
Audi has done it again everybody, they’ve brought us another phenomenal automobile, the new R8 Spyder.
In turning the R8 into a convertible, Audi needed to make a few changes—the designers didn’t want to lose the R8’s unique styling, while the engineers were charged with retaining the coupe’s rigid chassis.